Shabbat

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Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy … for six days the Lord made Heaven and Earth, and rested on the seventh day.Deuteronomy 20:8

Shabbat is the Jewish day of rest which begins on Friday evening and lasts 25 hours into Saturday evening. Keeping the Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments and therefore is part of the covenant the Jews have with Yahweh.

Shabbat is the most important day in the Jewish week. It is a time for the community to worship together.

On Friday evening, the family has a meal and they attend the synagogue for the evening service along with other Jewish families in their community.

Shabbat services begin early in the synagogue on Saturday morning. The Torah is read, and the same portion is read in every synagogue across the world. The Siddur (prayer book) is used to ensure that each synagogue follows the correct structure and words.